India vs England, LIVE Cricket Score, 1st Test, Day 4 at Chennai: Hosts look to avoid follow-on after visitors post massive total

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09:11 (IST)

Pitch report

Scarring areas on the pitch for right-handers against spin. England will bank on pacers for wickets once they take the new ball but the pitch will also suit the spinners, according to Nick Knight and Deep Dasgupta 

09:01 (IST)

Looks like another bright day in Chennai

08:45 (IST)

History created in Chattogram!

Kyle Mayers became the first batsman to score a fourth-innings double century on debut as West Indies chased down 395 runs for a stunning three-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first Test on Sunday.

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08:31 (IST)

Good news for India!

India’s senior speedster Mohammed Shami has resumed “low-intensity” bowling at the National Cricket Academy as his fractured wrist has healed significantly, raising hopes that he could be available for selection for the final two Test matches of the series against England.

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08:21 (IST)

Good news for bowlers from Chepauk is that the pitch has loosened up a bit and is helpful for bowling, especially spinners. Bess and Leach got turn and bounce from the track and Indians played well in the last part of the third session to negate that. Bess and Leach are expected to have more overs under their belt on Day 4 straight away to have a go at Ashwin and Sundar. It makes up for an exciting contest and India will be fighting it out hard in the middle to save this Test from here.

08:11 (IST)

The MA Chidamabaram Stadium’s three stands— I, J and K—  will be thrown open for spectators for an international match for the first time since 2012 when it hosts the second India-England Test from 13 February.

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08:01 (IST)

Cheteshwar Pujara doesn’t want Rishabh Pant to curb his natural attacking instincts but would like the swashbuckler to be more “sensible” with his shot selection while putting the team’s requirements above everything else.

Read the quotes here.

07:51 (IST)

Dom Bess earns his luck as visitors flip the script to push hosts out of comfort zone at Chepauk

Here are the key talking points from day three of the first Test between India and England at Chennai by Yash Jha.

07:43 (IST)

England spinner Dom Bess claimed four wickets to leave India struggling to avoid the follow-on despite Rishabh Pant’s blazing 91 on day three of the opening Test on Sunday.

India reached 257 for six at stumps in response to England’s 578 in Chennai.

Read the Day 3 report here.

07:30 (IST)

Welcome to Day four of the first Test between India and England at Chennai. After England amassed a huge total of 578, India struggled initially in their chase on Day three, with a string of wickets falling early on. However, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara did manage to put together a decent partnership, in which Pant scored an impressive, free-hitting 91. India now look to avoid a follow-on, with Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin batting at 257/6. Stay tuned as we bring you LIVE updates from Chepauk.

India vs England, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Live Updates: India were struggling to avoid follow-on at 257 for six after England amassed a mammoth 578 all out in their first innings on the third day of the series-opening Test on Sunday.

Day 3 report: Rishabh Pant’s beautiful edge-of-the-seat hitting ended with his now customary indiscretion, putting India under the pump against a supremely confident England gunning for victory at the end of third day’s play in the opening Test on Sunday.

At stumps, India were 257 for 6 in reply to England’s massive first innings score of 578 with 122 runs still needed to avoid the follow-on after Pant (91 off 88 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (73 off 143 balls) added 119 runs for the fifth wicket.

Rishabh Pant of (WK) India plays a shot during day three of the first test match between India and England held at the Chidambaram Stadium stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 7th February 2021 Photo by Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Washington Sundar (33 batting, 68 balls), primarily a batsman converted into a specialist off-spinner, was trying to make amends for his poor show with the ball in company of Ravichandran Ashwin (8 batting, 54 balls), who is never tired of a good on-field scrap, at stumps.

With a couple of days’ play still left, it will be interesting to see if England team management decides to give its bowlers some respite if it gets a chance to enforce the follow-on.

The day belonged to the current toast of the Indian team, Pant, who smashed five towering sixes — all in the arc between long-on and deep mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Jack Leach (17-2-94-0). Leach didn’t exactly know what had hit him.

Sourav Ganguly treated left-arm spinners with disdain but what Pant showed on Sunday was more of pure, unadulterated contempt.

Leach wanted to target the rough outside Pant’s off-stump but every time he tossed it up, the stocky man from Rourkee came out like a raging bull who had been shown the red rag and hit the spinner with the turn into the Chepauk stands.

He dazzled with his brilliance and then in an annoying manner, forgot that discretion is always the better part of valour while trying to hit off-spinner Dom Bess (23-5-55-4) over extra cover against the spin.

This was after dispatching England’s most successful bowler to the square leg boundary.

And he found the only man stationed at the deep extra cover — none other than Leach, who latched onto it as if his life depended on it.

It was an innings that can evoke different emotions depending on one’s own perception of Pant.

A Pant fan who loves his craft will feel an overriding sense of joy and exhilaration just seeing him hit Leach for four sixes few minutes after India were down and out at 73 for 4. Or just smack James Anderson through the cover region.

If one is talking about a Test cricket fan then exasperation can take over just thinking about the possibilities had he decided to exercise some caution. Pant has quite literally thrown away Test hundreds four times in his short career.

But then that’s Pant. There won’t be any middle path and perhaps the Indian team management will now try to mould itself rather than trying to change him which obviously didn’t work for both parties.

Just like they don’t want to change Cheteshwar Pujara, whose 73 off 143 balls over nearly four hours, was in complete contrast to Pant’s pyrotechnics.

The Indian team’s ‘PPP’ model — the ‘Pant-Pujara Partnership’ worked and even more so because the senior player was dispatching those boundary balls during their 119 runs stand in just over 24 overs.

But then Virat Kohli, who looked a touch dejected in the end, wouldn’t mind if Pant’s shot had sailed into the stands. Pujara’s pull had bounced off Ollie Pope stationed at forward short leg off Bess only to lob into the waiting hands of Rory Burns.

Bess easily impressed as he got the ball to dip and drift, something that worked for him while outfoxing Virat Kohli (11), who was caught at forward short leg.

Ajinkya Rahane (1) was brilliantly caught by Joe Root when a full toss dipped on him at the final moment. This was after Rohit Sharma (6) and Shubman Gill (29 off 28 balls) were dismissed by Jofra Archer (16-3-52-2).

With inputs from PTI.

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